The Victoria State Opera, based in Melbourne, Australia was founded in Melbourne in 1962 and was called the Victorian Opera Company. The company, founded by Leonard Spira, was a move into grand opera by the then amateur Gilbert and Sullivan-oriented Victorian Light Opera Co.
It was still an Amateur company but my they were ambitious. Australian soprano, Margaret Haggart was with the company then and would go on to sing major roles with the later professional Victoria State Opera, Australian Opera and in the UK.
Albert Herring – Cast VOC 1968
|Margaret Haggart||Lady Billows|
|Florence Pike||Kathleen Cocks|
|Mr Gedge||David Smith|
|Police Superintendent Budd||David Goodridge|
|Mr Upfold, Mayor of Loxford||Brian Clough|
|Miss Wordsworth||Beverley Downie|
|Albert Herring||Ian Stapleton|
|Cis||Helen van Oosten|
The company list for the VOC production of…
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